Change Management

Strategic Restructuring and Culture Change: An Interview with HI USA's Russ Hedge

Makiyah Moody // Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Strategic Restructuring and Culture Change: An Interview with HI USA's Russ Hedge

In the second installment of this two-part interview, Hostelling International USA CEO Russ Hedge speaks with us about the organization's transformative experience of unification and leadership lessons learned.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Leadership, Our Clients
Tags: mergers, organizational culture, strategic restructuring

Consolidation in National Networks Takes Heat

Melissa Mendes Campos // Thursday, August 18, 2016

Consolidation in National Networks Takes Heat

In the past week, news articles about two major national networks have raised the question of whether consolidation among their respective councils and chapters has done more damage than good. The concerns are real, but there's also always more to the story.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Commentary
Tags: current events, networks, organizational culture, strategic restructuring, strategy

Where Collaboration Meets Communication

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Where Collaboration Meets Communication

In nonprofit collaborations, alliances, and strategic restructuring, effective communications can significantly improve the process and outcomes, while poor communications can sabotage success. Make sure your collaboration avoids common pitfalls with these ten key characteristics of effective communications in nonprofit partnerships.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: collaboration, implementation, mergers, strategic restructuring

Insights from 2014 and What to Expect in the Year Ahead

La Piana Consulting // Monday, February 02, 2015

Insights from 2014 and What to Expect in the Year Ahead

When we recently sat down with David La Piana to interview him for a staff profile, we thought it a timely opportunity to ask him about his reflections on the past year and what he anticipates in the year ahead for the nonprofit sector. Here are some highlights.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Commentary, Trends
Tags: capacity building, nonprofit consulting, philanthropy, impact

The Value of Being "Strategically Opportunistic"

Lester Olmstead-Rose // Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Value of Being "Strategically Opportunistic"

Very strategic organizations are smart about scanning for and responding to opportunities — that’s part of being strategic! But mastering the balance strategy and opportunity demands that organizations be intentional about building their intended future. So…for every opportunity, how do you respond strategically?

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Strategic Planning
Tags: decision making, strategy

What Do You Read to Lead?

David La Piana // Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What Do You Read to Lead?

Harvard Business School professor John P. Kotter is best known for his eight-step guide to navigating organizational change. His latest book, Accelerate, builds on the eight-step approach but introduces a whole new concept, one which I think has broad applicability to the nonprofit sector.

 

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Categories: Change Management, Commentary, Strategic Planning
Tags: innovation, management, organizational structure

Betting on Bold Change

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Betting on Bold Change

The nonprofit sector is a tough place to take risks, but we believe the trend toward thinking bigger and acting bolder will define the future of the sector. For nonprofits, not taking the right risks can mean losing out on becoming stronger or growing, asserting leadership in the field or community, or increasing mission-driven impact. But how do you work through the fear of taking the risk?

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Categories: Change Management, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Trends
Tags: decision making, innovation, social sector

Resets, Balance, and the Future of Philanthropy

// Thursday, July 24, 2014

Resets, Balance, and the Future of Philanthropy

In a recent article for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Barr Foundation’s Jim Canales challenges fellow foundation leaders to reset their default attitudes. Touching on key issues such as data and metrics, and the tension between being a leader and being part of something bigger, he encourages funders to consider new ways of thinking, doing, and being. We saw similar themes emerge in a project we undertook with Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, where we found that the philanthropic sector must master the art of balance, as they are increasingly challenged to manage two seemingly contradictory ideas or approaches simultaneously.  

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Categories: Foundations, Change Management, Trends
Tags: organizational culture, philanthropy

Making Decisions or Making Nice?

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, July 17, 2014

Making Decisions or Making Nice?

What are some of the barriers to getting past just making nice and instead making a decision to partner? And how can nonprofit leaders recognize and overcome these obstacles?

We have worked with a number of groups of organizations seeking assistance in identifying collaborative opportunities. Usually, there is no overt funder pressure or acute crisis involved, so the benefit is that the potential partners can approach collaboration in a proactive way, rather than being compelled to it. The problem is that an alliance is then seen as "nice," but not "necessary," and the tendency is for the conversation to focus on low-risk collaborative ventures where none of the organizations has any real skin in the game and there is little hope or expectation of real impact. 

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: decision making, strategic restructuring

Building More Powerful Organizations

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, June 26, 2014

Building More Powerful Organizations

Every day, we get to work with nonprofits that are dedicated to creating a more just, prosperous, and sustainable world. Many of these organizations are reaching a kind of midlife crisis, or at least an inflection point at which the old rules seem to no longer apply. That prompts us to reflect on where we have been and what comes next.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Trends
Tags: competition, social justice, strategy
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